Turkey trots and Thanksgiving parades in Louisville 2017
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There will be plenty to do in Louisville on Thanksgiving.

From enjoying time with the family to playing some front-yard football in the freezing cold, Thanksgiving is a special time of year when families get together for fellowship and food. Another great tradition for many families on Turkey Day is running in a great turkey trot for a good cause, and many Louisville area families will strap on their running shoes to race in one of the numerous races that will dot the landscape. Here are the best turkey trots you should make a run for this Thanksgiving in Louisville and its surroundings.

Turkey Fun Run & Family Stroll
Nov. 23 @ 7 am
Bardstown Board of Education -- 308 N. 5th St., Bardstown, KY 40004
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If you’re looking for a small-town turkey trot that will be fun for the whole family, then make your way to Bardstown. Here, the Turkey Fun Run & Family Stroll will present families with bonding time over fitness and health before the bonding begins at the Thanksgiving table. So bring everyone out to this awesome family-friendly event.

Louisville Hungry Turkey 5K
Nov. 23 @ 7:30 am
Waterfront Park -- Great Lawn South -- 231 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202
No Phone Number

If you’d rather prefer to stay within the city to get your run on for Thanksgiving, then make your way to Louisville’s revived waterfront. The Louisville Hungry Turkey 5K is one of Kentucky’s premier races, and not only will the proceeds from this race go to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fight blood cancer, but there will be a warm cinnamon roll at the finish line waiting for you.

Northeast Family YMCA Turkey Trot
Nov. 23. @ 8 am (Start of First Race)
Northeast Family YMCA -- 900 Mill Brook Rd., Louisville, KY 40223
(502) 425-1271

In Northeast Louisville, the local YMCA will feature one of the region’s best turkey trots. The Northeast Family YMCA Turkey Trot will be a family-friendly trot that will not only feature the regular race but also kids trot for kids under 10-years-old. Make sure you bring the hot cocoa, because it will be a chilly morning, but it will also be a rewarding one.

Thoroughbred Classic 5K
Nov. 23 @ 9 am
Keeneland -- 201 Versailles Rd., Lexington, KY 40510
(859) 254-3412

There is just something magical about running in a turkey trot at a race track. The Thoroughbred Classic 5K in Lexington is a family-oriented turkey trot that will get the entire family in shape; and, as a bonus, the kids will get to tour one of the great horse racing venues in the Midwest. Now, how’s that for a start to Thanksgiving morning?